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Sissy Nation: How america became a nation of wimps, simps and wussies
by John Strausbaugh (Goodreads Author)
Praised by the" New York Times Book Review" for being "persuasive [and] provocative," this commentary reveals in furious, funny, and ferocious strokes how Americans became sissified, soft, and scared--and offers unforgettable solutions on how to snap out of it. The American Sissy cocoons in a safe, virtual world--Fundadome. He plays with online friendsters and he plays wit ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by Virgin Books
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Strausbaugh’s Sissy Nation is one of those books that speaks to a lot of the ideas I have about life in the United States. There’s a quote on the back from John Leguizamo, “Very Funny. It hit me where it hurts. I feel unmanly now.” Sissy Nation is funny, but I don’t necessarily think humor is Strausbaugh’s intent. I hear the same outrage in his writing that I feel looking around at what can very appropriately be called all the sissies and sissified behavior in this country. It’s the same outrage ...more
"Sissy Nation" refers to the end of empire, specifically to the end of the American Empire. Strausbaugh is quick to point out that much of the western world isn't far behind in the unraveling of the personal integrity, individualism and gumption that made America great. He stresses that the "ideals" of America are sound, and that they have served as an excellent model upon which to build a nation, but that the average American's dependence upon virtual reality, consumer goods and branding, escap ...more
So, sometimes I like a good political rant. This book appealed to the same part of my brain that likes South Park. You laugh, but you're not always comfortable about doing it. There was one part of the book that was memorable for me. As someone who works with college students (and their parents) I really appreciated the author's position that "helicopter parent" doesn't really cover it. He opted for calling them "Curling parents" (after the sport). (he credits in the book that this is not his or ...more